Like everything in Las Vegas, hotel rooms really need to dazzle in order to stand out. To make our list of the best rooms in town, it wasn’t enough for a hotel’s beds to be comfortable — they had to be outright heavenly. A few square feet of marble and a little gold finish on the fixtures wasn’t going to convince us of anything; we looked for spaces in which every detail had been carefully considered — and no expense was spared. And, in case you were wondering: Yes, size mattered, too.
Their size alone would put the rooms at the Palazzo near the top of our list (even standard rooms measure 720 square feet) -- the fact that every inch is filled with sumptuous finishings, thoughtful touches, and state-of-the-art electronics lands it at number one. Each contains a bedroom and a sunken living room. Art Deco-inspired decor adds to the luxurious yet tasteful ambiance. Rooms feature three -- yes, three -- flat-screen TVs: a 32-incher in the living room, a 42-incher in the bedroom, and a 17-incher in the bathroom. Speaking of the bathrooms -- which, at 130 square feet, are larger than some entire New York City hotel rooms -- they come with deep soaking tubs and twin sink basins, plenty of soft towels, and Paiza bath products.
At approximately 650 square feet, the standard rooms at the Venetian are among the largest on the Strip. Each room contains a bedroom separated by an elegant railing from the sunken living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows, three flat-screen TVs, king-size pillow-top beds dressed in Egyptian cotton sheets, and huge L-shaped sofas in the living rooms combine to create a feel of opulence. The 130-square-foot bathroom has marble detailing, twin sinks, and a soaking tub.
The standard rooms at the Encore are far from standard. Each 700- to 745-square-foot Resort Suite includes a living room and bedroom divided by a half-wall, on top of which sits a huge, rotating flat-screen TV that can be viewed from either space. You could easily host a small party of friends in the bathroom alone. Deco-style lamps, hound's-tooth walls, blond wood credenzas, and mirrors that span the entire wall (including alongside the bed) evoke a sort of swinging bachelor pad circa 1945. The beds are nothing short of amazing.
"Flawless" may sound like a strong word, but we simply cannot find fault with guest rooms at the Four Seasons. Attention to detail and sumptuous design make rooms here some of our favorite in Vegas. Starting at 500 square feet, spacious rooms are texturally rich, with bold geometric wallpaper and patterned carpeting. An ode to the swanky Art Deco era, furniture pieces include glossy inlaid wood desks and end tables, lacquered dressers, and shiny chrome lamps and mirrors. But perhaps the most stunning design element in each room is the wall of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlooks the Strip or the surrounding desert landscape. Rooms are equipped with iHomes, multiple charging stations, fully stocked minibars, and huge marble bathrooms with large soaking tubs.
The Mandarin's rooms start at a spacious 500 square feet, but it's not their size that sets them apart -- the less expensive rooms at the neighboring Aria are just as big. Rather, it's the details that put the Mandarin's rooms in a class above: Shanghai Tang bath products in the bathrooms; goose-down comforters on the beds; a "technology kit" at the desk; a reading light on the bed -- the list goes on. The same attention to detail went into the lovely Asian-inspired decor, which is unique to the hotel (no two Mandarin Orientals look alike).
Rooms at the MGM Grand's all-suite luxury offshoot are among the most luxurious in Sin City. Junior Suites are about 500 square feet -- big enough to accommodate a small family, using the pullout couch -- and include a kitchenette along one wall. The technology is top of the line as well: the flatscreen TV gets about 50 channels (some in HD), an iPod player is at your disposal, and all rooms have Wi-Fi.
A major shift from the dark public spaces, all of the 1,117 rooms are styled in whites with gray and gold accents; they’re bright with light pouring in from the floor-to-ceiling windows. They’re all suite-style, so expect a separate living area and an additional half bath in each room. Furnishings are chic and more feminine looking, aside from a comfy black leather chair. Plush white bedding and very firm pillows (that are being replaced) are standard. Standard rooms are 725 square feet, which makes them some of the largest in Vegas.
Skylofts is the luxury section of MGM Grand, offering some of the most exclusive accommodations not just within the hotel but in Vegas. All of the rooms are one-, two-, and three-bedroom duplex lofts (they start at 1,400 square feet) with big downstairs living rooms, sophisticated but understated urban decor, and plenty of space. Bathrooms are impressive, featuring fancy showers with rain and steam settings, Bulgari toiletries, mirror TVs, and big soaking tubs with massaging jets ("Dream" butlers are on hand to draw your bath and pour champagne).
Starting at about 600 square feet, the standard Resort Rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that offer amazing views of either the Strip or the 18-hole golf course behind the hotel. As at the Wynn's adjoining property, the Encore, the curtains can be operated by a switch near the bed -- that way there's less of a reason to rise from the sinfully comfortable king-size Wynn Dream Bed by Sealy.
The Bellagio's 510-square-foot standard King Rooms are wonderful in many ways, but the Italian marble bathrooms, with black granite countertops and deep soaking tubs, may be the highlight. Thick, oversize towels are everywhere -- around the shower, the tub, even folded into the sheet drawers. You could pile them up and happily go to sleep there -- if the real beds weren't so comfortable.
The sophisticated, understated decor tastefully counterbalances the room's flashier features: Even the 515-square-foot standard Studio Suite has a marble shower and twoflat-screen TVs. The cradle-you-to-sleep bed has a Stearns and Foster mattress covered with pricey 500-thread-count Bellino sheets, a soft featherbed, a thick down comforter, and extra-large down pillows.
Nobu is a hotel within a hotel, located within one of the towers at Caesars Palace. The 181-room property -- from the creators of the Nobu Japanese restaurant chain -- offers more upscale accommodations than the main Caesars hotel: a beautiful Japanese-inspired David Rockwell design (the beautiful rooms have huge spa-like bathrooms with walk-in showers), feng shui floor plans, hot tea waiting upon arrival, and minibars stocked with Japanese beer and sake. Guests get 24-hour room service from the Nobu restaurant downstairs (not to mention priority reservations), and the Nobu breakfast menu is available exclusively through room service.
This three-tower, off-the-Strip hotel is known for its crazy parties and celebrity stopovers. Its 428 rooms were renovated in 2012, and now even the lowest-category units are spacious and swanky. The hotel also offers suites and bungalows for the high rollers, including the Real World suite, and suites with a full basketball court, a bowling alley, or a Barbie theme. All rooms include 46-inch flat-screen TVs with premium cable and music channels, Bose sound systems, media hubs, Serta pillow-top mattresses, and free Wi-Fi.